How Am I Getting On With My 2019 Goals?

13 Jun 2019

As far as I see it, we are slap bang in the middle of the year. Middle of the sixth month, surely that means we're halfway through? And because of that, I wanted to do something new. At the turning of each New Year, I set myself some little goals to work towards, and I kind of just forget about them, then re-cap at the end of the year. Not this time! I thought I'd share a little update on how I'm doing with these goals, A) to keep you guys in the loop and B) to remind myself of what they actually are and what I should be working towards.

I'm not a fan of the word 'resolutions' because it feels a bit too formal and pressure-y. I don't want to hate myself if I don't achieve what I've set out for myself, so by calling these things 'loose goals', I don't feel an extreme amount of pressure to achieve them. They're loose in the sense that there's nothing concrete about them, like I don't want to lose five stone in the year, just some weight. Hopefully that makes sense? Anyway, enough waffling, let's get into how each goal is going.

  1. Lose some weight - well, we're starting on a bit of a bad foot here. I seem to have gained a considerable amount of weight over the past couple of months, which is making me feel so poopy about myself, so I think it's fair to say that I haven't lost any weight at all yet. Alex and I are in the process of moving house, which will give me more space to do yoga and hula-hooping, so once we're in, I'm going to step up my game a little bit. We also tried to go on a run together, but my stupid foot was giving me grief from the impact (I know, I injured it 8 months ago, it shouldn't still be like this). But I'm going to try my best in the second half of this year!
  2. Find a job - I've smashed this one out of the park, if I do say so myself. On the evening of New Years' Day, I told myself that this was going to be my year, and so, I hopped on Indeed, applied for a job, and one month later, I got the call to say I was hired. If you want to read all about the process, you can take a look at my How I Bagged My Digital Content Job post, but basically, I'm a Digital Content Executive for a global crafting company. I do product descriptions, manage the blog, work with the TV team and so much more, so it's pretty varied and nice!
  3. Sell at least one batch of baked goods - this one has been kind of difficult up to now. I'm not used to my mum's kitchen, nor was I comfortable with using the kitchen to bake in Alex's flat. I did make some cupcakes for a charity bake sale at work and I made my goddaughter's birthday cake (which my auntie did buy from me), so I don't know if I've achieved this properly yet? I'm looking forward to unpacking all of my baking things in our new place though, so look out for baking posts in the future!
  4. Use up the makeup that I have - I'm almost half tempted to skip over this one completely... but I won't, because you've come here to read about my progress. So I think it's fair to say that my makeup stash is larger than it used to be and I'm absolutely terrible at using stuff up. In my defence though, I'm wearing makeup much less now that I'm working full time in an office, so I don't get a lot of opportunities to wear stuff. That being said, I'm going to start doing empties posts in the hopes of pushing myself to use stuff up more, so keep your eyes peeled for those.
  5. Improve my mental health - this is also another one that I kind of want to skip, but because I'm a bit embarrassed to say that I've found this year really quite difficult. I've done a lot of crying and feeling like my life is a mess. I've found it hard to know where I fit into the world and in certain relationships, and I've just been pretty darn down. I've put on a brave face a lot, but I'm ready for that to be my permanent demeanour, so this is something that I'm determined to work on in the later part of this year.

So overall, I'm doing a bit rubbish, if you ask me. However, I'm not going to let that get me down. Writing this post has spurred me on to be a little better and wiser in my choices, so hopefully, when we get down to those last days in December, I'll have something a little more positive to share with you all.

If anyone found this interesting at all, then please let me know. I realise I've been a bit of a Debbie downer, but it's always good to reflect on your progress. Tell me how you're getting on with your goals or resolutions!

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